Manistique, Michigan

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Manistique, circa 1960. The town has changed little since then.

Manistique, also Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. state of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula . As of the 2010 census, the city population was 3,097. The city lies on the north shore of Lake Michigan, at the southwest corner of Manistique Township, but is politically autonomous. Manistique was founded where the Manistique River flows into Lake Michigan, forming somewhat of a natural harbor, which has since been improved with breakwaters, dredging, and a lighthouse. The city takes its name from the Manistique River. The economy also depends heavily on tourism.

As the county seat of Schoolcraft County, it is home to the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, a DNR Information and Tourism Center, the two-screen Cinema One, a Ben Franklin store, a JC Penny authorized merchandizer, several fudge and flower shops, several popular wineries, and miles and miles of Lake Michigan beaches.

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From the Manistique Tourism Council:

“Come to the beautiful Manistique area and experience breathtaking scenery, four seasons of outdoor sports and numerous historical landmarks. Whether you enjoy nature, boating, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, hunting, shopping, dining or just relaxing, the Manistique area offers a wide variety of opportunities for vacation fun.

Any time of the year is perfect for a visit to Manistique. Summer temperatures along Lake Michigan’s northern shore are comfortable, averaging 76 degrees. That’s great weather for all kinds of summer activities like hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, antique shopping and sightseeing. During the winter, outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy over 71 inches of fresh snow and an average temperature of 26 degrees, while they go snowmobiling, skiing, dog sledding and ice fishing. And in the fall, there are plenty of things to do and natural beauty to experience. The Manistique area has great opportunities for hunters as well as for those who just want to enjoy the brilliant, colorful scenery.

From quiet walks along white-sand beaches on Lake Michigan to canoeing down a wilderness river to catching a crowd-pleasing summer festival, you can be sure you’ll bring home memories that won’t soon be forgotten. And attractions such as the Seney National Wildlife Refuge with it’s nearly endless list of birds and other wildlife, or the Big Spring called Kitchi-ti-kipi that flow at the rate ten-thousand gallons of water per-minute keeps the mystery of the Northwoods alive and well.

Just looking for a place to fish? Then you really have come to the right place. Hundreds of lakes and streams and rivers provide all the fishing opportunities you can handle. But don’t just take our word for it, take a look around and we’ll show you why Schoolcraft County is fast becoming the destination of choice. So what are you waiting for, come on UP."

Manistique, Michigan

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